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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010)
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Murky, hazy rust color. A cream colored head recedes to a thick film, nice foamy bands of lacing stick to the glass.

Aroma: A subtle mix of caramel, cedar, and hops.

Taste: A dry spiced wood note holds up a lot of the body, There's a good malt presence with some caramel notes as well as bitterness in a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, feels lighter than the ABV suggests.

Overall: I like this beer more and more with each subsequent sip. Well balanced with lots of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 20:56:20 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes on 6/3/12

A:Hazy with a light reddish brown color.
S: very balanced, aromas of malts and hops intertwind.
T: More hoppy than malty but the hoppiness is sweet , with a subtle bitterness.
O.a: this is a good example of a red ale, very easy to drink and balalnced

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 02:50:55 | More by Beerlover
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/11/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep red-orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malts and citrus hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, light biscuit, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/grassy hop flavors; with a good malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:54:35 | More by superspak
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datalager

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm drinking my second bottle of this as I type this review. The first bottle was consumed about one week ago. I very much enjoyed it, but failed to take any notes on the drink.

Appearance is garnet colored in body, with a scant and quickly fading off white head that leaves little trace of lacing. The body presents with moderate unfiltered murkiness that reminds me of thick, rusty water. The color is certainly pleasant. Not unattractive. Perhaps a thicker, lasting froth would add to the character. But then I don't know how accurate that would be for the style.

The smell is hop forward with a powerful pine note. Brief waves of roasted malt and metal rise up in the background, just above citrus notes in the far distance.

Flavors are rich, biting, bitter...followed by bread, a little sweetness, then ending in a dry finish. Swallow is crisp.

This is obviously a hybrid style, which leaves more room for creativity. Without a need to criticize for authenticity I can only say it is an enjoyable hop heavy beer. I would gladly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 01:23:49 | More by datalager
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a nice reddish orange with a quarter inch head that hangs around. Nice lacing also. Malts are in the forefront of the nose. Has a candy malt smell actually. I like the fact that hops are intertwined with the malts in it's taste. The malts definitely hit the tongue first but with a sudden instance the hops reveal themselves. The mouthfeel is moderate. Will visit this again as I like hops and in my opinon this is a hoppy red ale, not overdone with hops but nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 19:36:44 | More by TheSeeker61
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pretty impressive for almost a macro, this is the best ive had from lakefront. this is everywhere but ive somehow missed it. a hoppy red ale that drinks a little heavier than most. hazy amber in color with an oatmeal colored head with excellent lace and retention. the nose here is hop forward, bitter, and rich from the grain. the alcohol content is also somewhat of a surprise, being as robust as it is for a release like this. maybe i had the wrong opinion about these guys. their pumpkin is clearly a poor judge of what they are capable of. nice richness of feel, as the hops provide most of the flavoring and the malt more of the structure. a little dryer than expected too, i like the low sugars on the finish and the lasting bitterness. woody almost, quite good really. fuller body a sixer might be too big of a dose honestly. relatively impressed, and will look forward to more lakefront stuff when it comes around. i wont wait so long next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:18:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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BoJengs

Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from local Woodmans. Bottle dated 11/13/13. Consumed 12/5/13.

Long neck bottle - American Red Ale

A - pours a rich mahogany color. Leaves a nice frofty yellowish tinted head. Looks like a full bodied beer. As I drank it left an beautiful even lacing on the side of the glass and retained a great head.

s - smells good - fresh

t - great american style red ale. can taste the hops through the nice caramel malt body. its a full taste that is balanced nicely. maybe a little vanilla as an aftertaste.

m - great mouthfeel. probably my favorite part about this beer. tastes and feels like a full beer, and at 6.8 % a few do the job.

o - as this is a local brewery for me I continue to go back to this one. it is a go-to beer because of great availability, price, and taste. enjoy this one

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:20:54 | More by BoJengs
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neomantra

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy beers with a malty backbone almost always sit well with me. This one didn't disappoint. Great head retention and substantial lacing on the glass. Very hazy and deep amber color. The smell is good and I pick up some grapefruit, but for a beer that's supposedly heavily dry hopped there isn't much there. Maybe the keg isn't as fresh as it should be. However the taste makes up for it with a very bold dose of crystal malt (without going overboard) layered with grapefruit and some spicey notes. The mouthfeel is surprisingly silky. There is not a ton of carbonation in this one but I think it goes well with the flavors. Overall I'd definitely have this one again sometime and would recommend it to any hop heads who like some balance in their beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 23:01:18 | More by neomantra
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 21, 2013... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: new Dream Theater and my wife's thirty-seventh birthday equals a good night!... APPEARANCE: copper-amber body; creamy off-white one-finger head that laces rather thickly--attractive... AROMA: quite a hoppy sensation for a red; bright, active, almost suggestive of its 6.8% ABV... PALATE: intensely biting presence; medium to full-bodied with a substantial finish--bold...TASTE: immediate taste of pinecone--definitely American--with a confident underpinning of malt to provide a big-mouthed balance...OVERALL: I am beginning to see why Lakefront has garnered such a quality reputation, as this brew snuck up on me with veritable strength and a balance that rewards...the style is not given to immediate impressiveness, but this offering is enjoyable and somewhat distinctive...

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:13:29 | More by dacrza1
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium red with a one finger off-white head. Amazing head retention with a thick head hanging over the beer for a long time and lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very toasty and malty, just like a good read ale should be. Pine resin hops come through in a big way.

Toast, caramel and and toffee on the flavor along with a big shot of pine resin and tree bark from the hops. Bitterness is very high but is not over the top. This beer is on the hoppier side of the style but it works well. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with moderate stickyness on the finish.

Overall, I was impressed by this beer. Lakefront has been hit and miss for me but this one is definitely a hit. Wish i would have picked up more than a single.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:32:51 | More by rangerred
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cyclonece09

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy red with a nice white head. Smells of caramelized malt with some piney hops. Tastes of dark roasted malt with some notes of fruit with a little hoppy bite. Beer is heavily carbonated but still light bodied and very drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 19:21:18 | More by cyclonece09
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spoony

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled September 16, 2013) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces roughly a finger of mocha-colored head. The retention is pretty poor, but a thick collar hangs around the glass for a while. No lacing. The brew is very murky and dark-amber/iced tea in color.

S-I smell sweet caramel, a touch of cocoa powder, some rye bread, grain, and a hint of pepper spice. As the brew warms a bit, I also get some floral hops, but this brew is malt forward.

T-The taste is pretty grain-heavy, with suggestions of rye bread spice, caramel, toffee, and a vaguely bitter hop note on the finish. As with the smell, I get way more malt than hop here. Alcohol was very well-concealed for 6.8% ABV.

M-The feel was medium to light for the style with active, but fine, carbonation. The brew was not quite crisp, and very drinkable.

O-This is a pretty decent representation of the style. It is not going to blow anyone's mind, but it provides a good bit of flavor in a very drinkable package. I was surprised to see that it packs nearly 7% ABV because it doesn't taste it at all. A nice beer for quaffing on a cool fall evening when I don't want to think about things too much.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 02:47:30 | More by spoony
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SoupKitchenBeerSnob

Florida

2.3/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Ok, another random pick from a local market. Looks and smells like beer. Took a swig and got punched in the mouth with hops. Hate it. Just another bottle of carbonated hop-water. Really, is this the only standard for American micro-brews? Go hop heavy and forget anything else? If you're a hophead this beer is for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:20:56 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
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BB1313

Ohio

3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 9/25/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark copper; small off-white head that leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts. There are some hints of orange peel, but this is all malts. Flavors are loaded with caramel. Subtle hints of pine. Very subtle hints of grapefruit and orange. It's not too bitter. Definitely on the sweeter side. There's not much pop to this one. The mouthfeel is wonderful and definitely the stand out to me. It's extremely creamy and smooth; perfect amount of active carbonation; medium-bodied. Very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a solid red ale, but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 22:43:14 | More by BB1313
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep reddish amber with sparse head and some lacing. Nose features fair amount of citrus and pine followed by a decent grain presence. Taste is higher in the bitterness dept with nice citrus fruit as well as pine and caramel. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Overall a nice well balanced hop forward brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 20:34:34 | More by homebrew311
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Act25

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the name, the taste, the pour.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, beautifully, rich, dark mahogany-hued body with a frothy, amber-beige head, that remains a fixed gear spiral of foam layer and leaves toothy lacing all the way down.

Smell: Toasted grainy bread and malt up front, with some caramel, and then mostly hops - flowers, citrus, and spicy herbs. But subtle, not an IPA nose. The aroma needs time to warm, swirl it, to come around to fullness.

Taste: Follows the nose, but packs lots of flavor. Upfront sweet malts, caramel and toast trending into software hop elements of flowers, grasses, and fresh-cut citrus. Not much bitteness. Finishes tea-like, tannic, smooth, slight spicy bitter in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body and carbonation. Modestly chewy. I like the weight.

Overall: I love the style and I think this is one of my new favorites in this red ale style. More weighty than any others I have tried? Can others recommend more like this?

I came back for a couple more turns at this fixed gear and really liked it, found it fresh and consistent. First rate Amber Ale. Great body.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 22:39:40 | More by Act25
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fixed Gear pours an amber color with a small head. There is a floral and harsh malty aroma. The taste has a nice mellow hop flavor with a harsher malty backbone. Nice full flavors, but the beer does go down a bit harsh. Overall its a nice hoppeir red ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 22:39:01 | More by vette2006c5r
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spokeydonkey

New York

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I want to like this beer more than I do. It's a nice rich amber color with a thick white head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Smells like citrus and pine. Not much malt in the nose. Tastes like citrus and pine. There isn't much malt to back it up. I like a nice hoppy red ale and am partial to double IPAs, but this one just doesn't have enough balance going on for me. Great hop character, but no malt to back it up.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a touch of astringency. Finishes with clinging hoppiness.

Overall -- a bit more malt and this would be amazing, but its too unbalanced for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:11:56 | More by spokeydonkey
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FLima

Brazil

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber copper color with a thick beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Delicious citrus aroma of passion fruit with caramel and bready malt notes.
And it got even better, flavor of grapefruits balanced with slighted roasted malts and condimented yeast. Dry and bitter aftertaste with an acid bite.
Light body and perfect carbonation.
Very good amber/red ale, bold in malt, hops and yeast, and balancing it all. Also good for hopheads that want to have a rest from IPAs, the 54 IBU gets you fixed enough. Definitely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 01:20:25 | More by FLima
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy reddish-copper with a half finger of beige head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose has both malty and hoppy notes. The malt is certainly discernible in the flavor profile and there is a touch of sweetness that probably can be attributed to the malt. The finish is hoppy, but the bitterness is not as amped up as today's top tier reds.

Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable and refreshing example of one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 05:40:07 | More by 57md
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber in color with almost 2 fingers of creme colored head, lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. malty caramel aromas, herbal tea notes, grassy, grapefruit citrus hint. this is a well balanced amber ale.. even sweetness and bitterness of malt and hops, with a nice grapefruit overtone.. caramel, bready, grassy, tea-like.. flavor and nose are identical.
this is a very refreshing medium bodied ale with medium carbonation and a nice semi-creamy mouthfeel.
this is a must go-to from now on. 6pk price is cheap enough and definitely a nice change of pace from my usual ipa styles that i tend to go for.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 22:39:41 | More by facundoCNB
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hackmann

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: nice red ale with amber edges; one finger beige head that leaves some lacing on the glass

Aroma: moderate hop spice and roasted malts; the hops remind me of grapefruit and a hint of floral;

Flavors: crisp hoppy notes of citrus and spice; earthy caramel and grains; little rye bread feel

Mouthfeel: this 54 IBU rating shows some good bitter notes on the taste and aftertaste; the earthy malts make for a nice balance; light-moderate carbonation;

To the Point: it is a bold ‘red’ ale; red ale is not one of my favorite styles – but, I would buy this one again. It is an over hopped red ale and if you did a blind tasting on this ale you would guess – ‘American pale ale’

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 22:05:09 | More by hackmann
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curasowa

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, dark copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly with big bubbles of lace.

Aroma: Sweet malt, mostly caramel with some hints of brown sugar and honey and some piney hops.

Taste: Lots of malt flavor, but a little thin on the mouth coating. Starts off a bit sweet then becoming more pepper-y and sharp, I'm guessing from some Rye malt? Bitterness builds and becomes a bit grainy, and you can really feel it on the roof of the mouth. The bitter graininess hangs out in a lingering finish.

The Rest: A pretty good beer. It has some fairly bold flavors but still has good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 19:32:52 | More by curasowa
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid 2 bucks for this single from Halftime beverage. Into my imperial pint glass.

A - A very dark hazy chestnut brown, one of the darkest red ales I ever seen, atop is a 1/2 inch of tarnish colored head.
S - Well it's not just sweet malts their is some hop presence in there but it smells rather strange like a touch of sour cherry. Hope it taste good.
T - I want to lean toward the flavor I am tasting is "woody" with a bit of spruce tips, bittering hops, and some tea leaves. A rather kind of disgusting taste as a while.
M - Medium bodied, kind of chewy, very herbal

Overall I am not too disappointed since Lakefront really does make rather mediocre beers with the exception of the Winter lager. I am puzzled on how high the reviews are considering this beer is borderline terrible but it is somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:18:11 | More by DrDemento456
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ADZA

Australia

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright reddish copper hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere looks very enticing for a red ale,the smell Is pineapple,blood oranges,grapefruit and piney hops,the mouthfeel is medi with moderate carbonation that suits perfectly and has tastes almost exactly like aroma with hints of pineapple,citrus,boiled candy,blood oranges and finished with a piney hop bitterness and overall it's a nice representation of a fine red ale and ill be back for another one that's for sure sessionable and tasty need I say more.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 15:02:23 | More by ADZA
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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.